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political science notes5 - society is called POLITICAL...

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I. How do we think about politics? A. Most of us don't i. As we said before, most of us have low “political knowledge” (how much someone knows about government and public policy issues) B. Typically our opinions/attitudes about politics are a funtion of our values and or ideologies. II. Values A. Values are broad, deep rooted goals, are aspirations, and ideals i. Values can be very narrow and idiosyncratic. For example, I value education (most Americans do not) ii. Values can also be tangible (my Dad and my in-laws both REALLY value saving money) or intangible (my wife and father-in-law REALLY value integrity) III. Political Culture A. Some values are very common to the point that they are shared by many members of the nation. The concept of broadly held, fundamental values shared by many members of a
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Unformatted text preview: society is called POLITICAL CULTURE i. What are these values in the U.S.? B. Some values are very common to the point that they are shared by many members of the nation. The concept of broadly held, fundamental values shared by many members of a society is called POLITICAL CULTURE. i. What are these values in the U.S. a) Freedom b) Limited Government c) Morality d) Equality e) Ownership of Property f) Individualism IV. Value Ambivalence A. Sometimes our values conflict with one another i. E.g., Abortion protesting, political campaign contributions B. When this happens, people often react in one of two ways i. They can prioritize values and pick the attitude that reflects the more important values ii. They just don't develop any attitude about the issue iii....
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